January 9, 2013
The Perfect Time to Winterize your Home
Winter is on its way and the weather is turning colder. The cold temperature and the snow would soon be upon us and these weather conditions could bring risks and dangers sometimes. Being prepared would be our best defense against these things. So what can you possibly do to make your home “winterized”? The following would be some helpful points to keep you warm and safe this winter:
You have to ensure if there are leaks. You’d be able to know where the heat would leak and the cold would seep in by walking around inside your house with a lit incense stick on a windy day. You must hold it near the usual “leaky” places such as door and window frames as well as electrical outlets. If you find some leaks, you should install weather stripping or maybe caulking so you could seal the gaps. When the leak is on electrical outlets or light switches, you can use foam insulators.
This may seem obvious to most people, but be sure to check your windows. You should remember that this would provide the path that could lead to the greatest loss of heat . If your windows are older you can install storm windows over single-pane glass or heavy plastic on the inside. That would help in preventing the heat from escaping. If you’d like, you can just go for a set of insulated drapes.
For safety and comfort, always check your furnace. Turn it on so you could guarantee that it works properly. At the same time, you should call a professional to get it tuned and cleaned. During the winter, you should frequently change the filter since dirty ones could reduce the air flow and cause fires. Upgrading your furnace if it’s already 10 years old would be a great idea.
Whatever you do, do not neglect your pipes. On winter months, the pipes near exterior walls or on crawl spaces would have the biggest risk of getting frozen. Wrapping those pipes with insulation provides added protection and can prevent major damage should the pipes freeze and burst throughout the winter months.
Ducts are also an important thing to check on. Homes with central heating can lose heated air before it reaches the vents if the ductwork is not properly connected or insulated, especially if it has to pass through any unheated spaces. And remember to have the ducts cleaned every few years to get rid of built up dust and hair.
Inspect your fireplace as well. Ensure that the cap or screen is on top of the chimney and is in good repair. If there is no screen have one installed to keep birds out which cause a potential fire hazard from any nests they will build. The creosote as well as the soot could be removed by cleaning it. It’s also important that the damper would close and open properly.
Finally, inspect your roof, gutter and downspouts. Inspect the flashing so you can be sure that the water wouldn’t creep under the shingles. Clean these too so there would be no leaf accumulation and the downspouts would be clear. If you want the water to steer clear from your house, you should try extending your downspouts as well as consider installing leaf guards.
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